RAD Leaders in Action
This month our staff across the Renew New England Alliance met for the first time in person to strategize our overall strategy moving forward. It was so moving to share space and strategize the next steps for our growing movement with our regional leaders, organizers, and Renew electeds.
RAD in the Media
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra joined us at our Care Keeps Us Afloat Block Party.
Our allies Open Democracy NH held a rally on the Seacoast to protect voting rights, with some of our board members and youth leaders.
Laura Lynch spoke out about the need for Medicare for All and the opportunity we have to make it a reality under this administration.
RAD Statewide Campaigns organizer Brandon Lemay laid out alternative housing solutions for New Hampshire with NHPR’s Rick Ganley.
RAD Leader Kathy Staub spoke out for a living wage at the NH Women & the Economy Forum at Saint Anselm.
Share Your Story
As we fight for universal healthcare, Medicaid can be a lifeline for those of us who qualify. However, for many, there are frequent and insurmountable barriers to access. If you have faced barriers applying or staying on Medicaid, you can help promote changes to Medicaid by sharing your experiences in this survey!
We leave you with an episode of the 70 Over 70 podcast some of us on staff have been enjoying with Congressman Jim Clyburn about the balance between optimism and pragmatism.
Over the past month, RAD really stepped into the heart of our work. The through line of our movement is ever present, and we really felt it this month as we continued our blend of in person organizing and our remote operations.
In truth, Rights & Democracy has always been working under a hybrid model. Not just in the way we work, but in how we work. Our movement has been forging its own path between the world we’re in and the one we could have when we win a true multi-racial democracy; on all levels, from the school board to the Oval Office.
This isn’t always easy, but with the wealth of knowledge and experience from our members it’s now second nature. Binding us all together is a commitment for working towards the world we want, and at the center of that commitment is a quiet, tenacious joy.
Thank you to all our members who continue to make our movement as robust and thriving as it is today. We can’t wait to see you at our annual membership assembly (which has changed dates, so mark your calendar for Sunday, November 14th), either in person or virtually.
August is when we’re taking a lot of our grassroots work to the national level, so stay tuned for ways to get involved as we keep up the pressure on the new administration.
NH Movement Politics Director
Upcoming Events in August
- Wednesday Phonebanks for Justice, every Wednesday, 5pm-7:15pm
- National Tenants’ Bill of Rights Textbanks, every Thursday, 5-7:30pm CDT
- How to Run & Win Virtual Candidate Training, Tuesday, August 3rd, 6:30-8pm
- The Traverse: The Struggle for Livable Wages for All Workers, Wednesday, August 11th, 6-7pm
- Healthcare Listening Session, Wednesday, August 18th, 6-7:30pm
Rights & Democracy is partnering with Be A Hero to secure $400 Billion in funding for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), and to expand and strengthen Medicare in the upcoming recovery package. Join us Thursday at 6:30pm for the launch featuring a special message from Ady Barkan and New Hampshire healthcare leaders! RSVP here.
Municipal elections are coming up later this month! Make sure you’re able to participate in our endorsement process by checking your member status today. Our election endorsements are a critical part of our movement co-governance process, and wouldn’t be possible without the participation of our members throughout the state
One Fair Wage has launched a new Wages Can’t Wait Fund to support services workers across the country who are ready to start organizing for full, fair wages. Learn more and see if you qualify!
Don’t worry – we’re still keeping up the pressure on Sununu after he signed the most radical, right-wing budget in NH history this year. How does this budget impact you and your community? Share your perspective here so we can hold Sununu accountable for once again putting a right-wing elite agenda ahead of the needs of our communities.
Raise your voice! Activist Songbook Composer Byron Au Yong and Lyricist Aaron Jafferis are partnering with Hopkins Center for the Arts and Rights & Democracy Institute to offer a free, virtual community gathering for folx looking to enhance their activism and resilience with the practice of collective song and mindfulness.
During this three hour intensive, we will discuss music and its role in activism and democracy, while also providing tools to create your own activist music practice.